The Benefits of Downsizing: Choosing Assisted Living Before You Have To
Being rushed into a decision, especially one as significant as moving into assisted living, can cause a lot of stress. Without taking the time to fully consider options and costs, you or your loved one may end up feeling overwhelmed and powerless. Rather than approach assisted living as an emergency or last resort, see it as an opportunity to take control of your future by choosing to transition now.
Downsizing to assisted living now can save you and your family a lot of money in the future. If you own a home, selling it while you have the time to get it in shape, show it to prospective buyers, and get the best price you can will save you thousands of dollars while giving you a more accurate idea of what kind of assisted living you can afford.
Also consider your other possessions. What do you want to keep, and what do you want to sell or give to family members? If you rush into making the move, these decisions will be left in the hands of others who may not understand the financial and sentimental scope of what you own.
No one likes to be forced into making a decision because, well, that’s not much of a decision, is it? If you wait too long before transitioning into assisted living, other people will be making decisions for you, including when and where to make the move. Planning for your move while you are still physically and mentally strong will give you the opportunity to visit plenty of sites, meet staff and residents, and ask important questions about activities, meals, transportation, and the levels of care available.
Throughout your adult life, you’ve had to approve of your residences, the people you spend time with, and the way you spend your time. Why should that change now?
Quality of Life
The days of “old folks homes” and the stigma that goes along with them are long gone. Today’s assisted living communities offer services and activities that can improve your overall quality of life. From planned social activities to common meals and outings to community events, assisted living can alleviate the loneliness and worry that can accompany living on your own.
These same communities also accommodate for “aging in place,” providing increasing levels of care and activities appropriate for changing health conditions. By moving to assisted living before you have to, you can take advantage of all the amenities available to you while developing friendships with residents and staff that enrich your life for a long while.